Author: NAA

NAA Shines with Help from PA Members and Friends

We recently got some great coverage by our local newspaper, the Tribune-Review, highlighting NAA’s recent move to Western PA and its work with natural areas stewards. We especially want to thank Powdermill Nature Reserve Director John Wenzel and Brian Jones and Peter Kester of the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy for speaking so well of us and helping us to spread the word about how NAA supports the wonderful work that natural areas managers do!

“Our forests will continue to be stressed as they try to adapt to a changing climate. When ecosystems become compromised in that way, they’re more susceptible to invasion by exotic pests,” said Lisa Smith of Stahlstown, executive director of the association and a trained field ecologist.

Read the complete article on the Tribune Review website. 

 

 

 

http://triblive.com/local/westmoreland/12478790-74/nonprofit-helps-nurture-afflicted-habitats-at-bear-run-nature-reserve-beyond

Botanist for Kentucky State Nature Preserves Commission

The Kentucky Natural Heritage is hiring a field biologist with an emphasis in botany. The position entails fieldwork, as well as office work and specific duties consist of performing rare plant surveys and population monitoring, as well as assisting with biological inventories for other taxonomic groups,  recording field data including GPS coordinates;  collecting, identifying and processing botanical specimens for inclusion into university herbaria; assisting with providing public and private entities education and development of strategies to protect and recover rare plant species and communities.

Qualifications: Bachelor Degree in Wildlife Sciences, Biological Sciences, or related major; or an equivalent combination of education and experience plus either one year of experience that can be substituted by graduate work on a year by year basis.  Candidates with a background and interest in botany will be preferred.

Special requirements:  Ability to work as part of a team.  Ability to work outdoors in inclement weather and rough terrain, requiring extended hours and overnight stays. Specifically the candidate will assist with biological surveys throughout the Commonwealth of Kentucky.  Ability to accurately and legibly record data and read maps.  Familiarity with databases, Arc GIS and GPS units preferred.  Ability to lift and carry up to 50 lbs for short distances.  Ability to follow instructions and protocol and communicate with supervisors. Driver’s license required, and ability to operate 4-wheel drive vehicles and boats preferred.

Frankfort, Kentucky 40601

This position will be listed shortly on the Kentucky State Registrar as an Environmental Scientist II.

How to apply:  All interested candidates must access the State Personnel website and create a user account and general application.  https://sjobs.brassring.com/1033/ASP/TG/cim_home.asp?partnerid=20101&siteid=5031.  Once the position is officially posted, submit a cover letter, State application form, resume reflecting a complete record of education (transcripts are desired) and experience, and contact information for three (3) references by March 20, 2017 to Martina Hines, natural Heritage Branch Manager, Kentucky State Nature Preserves Commission, 801Teton Trail, Frankfort, Kentucky 40601, (502) 573-2886; or email as attachments (preferred):  martina.hines@ky.gov.

Force of Nature – New Book on NAA’s Co-Founder, and Celebrating the Legacy of George Fell at the 2018 Natural Areas Conference

Even if you know the name George Fell – co-founder of the Natural Areas Association, and the driving force behind the creation of the Nature Conservancy – it’s difficult for many to grasp the enormous impact he had as the founder of the natural areas movement, especially when he wasn’t the kind of man to boast about his accomplishments.

Arthur Pearson, a lifelong lover of natural areas, a talented writer and a program director at the Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation in Chicago, has spent years researching and writing about Fell’s legacy. Just recently, he completed that work and the University of Wisconsin press has now published Force of Nature: George Fell, Founder of the Natural Areas Movement.

In it, Pearson lays out the many ways that Fell and his wife, Barbara, worked to literally change the landscape, first of Illinois and later the nation. As the blurb puts it, “Force of Nature reveals how a failed civil servant, with few assets apart from his tenacity and vision, initiated the natural areas movement. In the boom years following World War II, as undeveloped lands were being mined, drained, or bulldozed, Fell transformed a loose band of ecologists into The Nature Conservancy, drove the passage of the influential Illinois Nature Preserves Act, and helped spark allied local and national conservation organizations in the United States and beyond.”

George Fell has long been honored by NAA as one of our founders and an inspiring leader whose life is extricably bound to our organization’s roots in midwestern natural areas, where the first Natural Areas Conference was held.

In 2018, the Natural Areas Conference returns to the Midwest, coming to the University of Indiana in Bloomington, at the Indiana Memorial Union, October 23-25. That year will also mark the 45th anniversary of the conference, first held in 1974. We have invited Pearson to appear at the 2018 conference as part of our 45th anniversary celebration, to give an address on Fell’s life and work. Save the date and help us celebrate NAA’s 45 years of work to support the community of natural areas practitioners!

You can purchase Force of Nature, as well as find out more about Pearson’s body of work, on his website. He writes two nature-oriented blogs – one about his ongoing effort to visit Illinois’ many nature preserves, and the other about restoration efforts at Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie called A Midewin Almanac.

 

 

Natural Resources Senior Specialist-Wildlife Ecologist

JEFFERSON COUNTY invites applications for the position of Natural Resources Senior Specialist-Wildlife Ecologist.

SALARY:                $24.17 – $30.21 Hourly

CLOSING DATE: 06/07/17 06:00 PM

PURPOSE:

Are you seeking more than a paycheck on your new adventure? Then Jefferson County wants to bring to your attention to a position that we currently have open here in the County. If you’re a wildlife ecologist with proven experience in applied conservation and land management, Jefferson County Open Space is currently hiring a Senior Natural Resources Specialist to join our Natural Resources Team. This position provides you the opportunity to work for a county that thrives on working collaboratively and overcoming challenges. We are seeking a game changer, someone that loves what they do and is motivated to share their knowledge with those that they work with.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION:

Collect, analyze, and disseminate natural resource data and information with a focus on wildlife ecology, conservation, and management. Prepare wildlife and natural resource management plans based on sound scientific and biological principles. Assist with wildlife inventory and monitoring. Complete various reports that detail past, current and future needs to ensure best management practices are followed. Operate specialized equipment, hand tools, and data collection devices in the performance of wildlife assessment and management, inventory and monitoring of natural resources, and related work. Train staff and volunteers. Provide public outreach and communicate with other work units, departments and agencies. Provide supervision of Natural Resources Specialists, Natural Resources Technicians, and volunteers. Collaborate with agencies, consultants, universities, and NGOs.

 

ESSENTIAL DUTIES:

  • Natural resource assessment/management – Plan, implement, monitor, and evaluate wildlife assessments and management prescriptions on county-owned properties. Assist with inventory and monitoring. Coordinate with stakeholders regarding key wildlife management issues, and translate such issues into JCOS management frameworks. Stay up-to-date on relevant scientific literature, and assist in preparing peer-reviewed and outreach publications. Demonstrate willingness to develop new skills and experience regarding additional taxa outside of core areas of expertise. Coordinate and expand volunteer wildlife monitoring programs (e.g., raptor monitoring program).
  • Supervision – Provide field and office supervision of Natural Resource Specialists, Technicians, and volunteers. Interview candidates and make recommendations for hiring permanent and temporary Natural Resources positions. Provide input for disciplinary actions or termination of permanent and temporary employees. Assign, direct and supervise activities of assigned volunteer program staff. Assist and advise subordinates, as necessary, including assigning, scheduling, and submitting such records and reports as required. Train new employees on safe operation and maintenance of equipment and tools.
  • Administration – Identify project tasks and resource requirements. Manage day-to-day operational aspects of projects, including budgets, contractors, and collaborators. Evaluate, purchase and maintain equipment and supplies necessary for projects. Manage time accounting records and provide reports for supervisors and managers. Track purchases using a database. Lead or assist with development and management of grants and contracts in collaboration with other Open Space staff and work units. Assist with monitoring budgets, contractors, and collaborators.
  • Public outreach/engagement – Provide training for volunteer projects in collaboration with other Open Space staff. Coordinate necessary public information signs as needed for wildlife conservation/management and other resource management activities. Participate in public meetings as needed. Assist Lookout Mountain Nature Center with natural resource outreach information, both personal and non-personal. Provide information and participate when requested for Open Space Advisory Committee and various stakeholder groups. Interact with park neighbors and on-site park visitors concerning wildlife conservation/management and other natural resource management activities. Engage with media in collaboration with other Open Space staff and work units. Contribute and maintain wildlife-related content on JCOS webpage.
  • Planning – Lead development and implementation of wildlife conservation/management plans, likely in coordination with state and federal agencies, universities, consultants, and NGOs. Participate as member or team leader of park and regional management planning teams, collaborating as needed with other Open Space staff and work units. Participate as member of and/or lead teams implementing action items related to park and regional management plans. Lead or assist with inter-agency (e.g., Colorado Parks and Wildlife, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service) and other inter-organizational (e.g., Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory, Audubon) collaboration.

QUALIFICATIONS:

Requires a Bachelor’s degree in wildlife biology, ecology, natural resources management or a closely related field and a minimum of 3 years of work-related experience or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

Preferred: M.S. degree, 5+ years of wildlife conservation/management experience including experience with special-status species; experience with Colorado Front Range wildlife (e.g., golden eagles and other raptors, prairie dogs and other small mammals, bears and other large mammals, ungulates, and/or herpetofauna); experience developing and implementing wildlife conservation/management plans; and, experience working with volunteers.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:

A post offer pre-employment physical will be required. Must have a valid driver’s license, if you are from out of state, you must have a valid Colorado driver’s license within 30 days of hire date, and you must not have any major violations DUI, DWI, DWAI conviction.

APPLICATIONS MUST BE FILLED OUT ONLINE AT:

http://www.jeffco.us/jobs

OUR OFFICE IS LOCATED AT:

100 Jefferson County Parkway, #4530

Golden, CO 80419

(303) 271-8400

careertalent@jeffco.us

An Equal Opportunity Employer                 Job #2017-123-2

About Jefferson County:

A career with Jefferson County Government offers the best candidates career growth and a diverse workforce. More than a paycheck, your job enriches the lives of the citizens of Jefferson County. Jefferson County is a major stop along RTD’s Light Rail West Line.

Living and working in Jefferson County offers the quintessential Colorado lifestyle sought after by many. Residents enjoy easy access to mountain activities such as hiking, skiing and rafting, while also being able to take advantage of the eclectic amenities offered by the greater metropolitan Denver area.

Located at the heart of the foothills of Golden, city life, bike paths, hiking and adventure are just a step away. When you’re ready to learn, grow, and make a contribution to your community, find your career with us.

Natural Resources Senior Specialist-Plant Ecologist

JEFFERSON COUNTY Open Space invites applications for the position of Natural Resources Senior Specialist – Plant Ecologist

SALARY:                $24.17 – $30.21 Hourly

CLOSING DATE: 06/07/17 06:00 PM

PURPOSE:

Are you seeking more than a paycheck on your new adventure? Then Jefferson County wants to bring to your attention to a position that we currently have open here in the County. If you’re a plant ecologist with proven experience in applied conservation and land management, Jefferson County Open Space is currently hiring a Senior Natural Resources Specialist to join our Natural Resources Team. This position provides you the opportunity to work for a county that thrives on working collaboratively and overcoming challenges. We are seeking a game changer, someone that loves what they do and is motivated to share their knowledge with those that they work with.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION:

Collect, analyze, and disseminate natural resource data and information with a focus on vegetation ecology, conservation, and management. Prepare vegetation management plans based on sound scientific and biological principles. Lead or assist with vegetation inventory and monitoring. Complete various reports that detail past, current and future needs to ensure best management practices are followed. Operate specialized equipment, hand tools, and data collection devices in the performance of vegetation assessment and management, inventory and monitoring of natural resources, invasive species management, and related work. Train staff and volunteers. Provide public outreach and communicate with other work units, departments and agencies. Provide supervision of Natural Resources Specialists, Natural Resources Technicians, and volunteers. Collaborate with agencies, consultants, universities, and NGOs.

 

ESSENTIAL DUTIES:

  • Natural resource assessment/management – Plan, implement, monitor, and evaluate vegetation assessments and management prescriptions on county-owned properties, with an emphasis on special-status species and associated communities. Lead or assist with inventory and monitoring. Coordinate with stakeholders regarding key vegetation conservation and management issues, and translate such issues into JCOS management frameworks. Stay up-to-date on relevant scientific literature, and assist in preparing peer-reviewed and outreach publications. Demonstrate willingness to develop new skills and experience regarding additional taxa outside of core areas of expertise. Assist with developing and implementing habitat restoration plans. May assist with invasive species management, including the operation and maintenance of equipment and tools such as backpack sprayers, UTV-mounted sprayers, etc.
  • Supervision – Provide field and office supervision of Natural Resource Specialists, Technicians, and volunteers. Interview candidates and make recommendations for hiring permanent and temporary Natural Resources positions. Provide input for disciplinary actions or termination of permanent and temporary employees. Assign, direct and supervise activities of assigned volunteer program staff. Assist and advise subordinates, as necessary, including assigning, scheduling, and submitting such records and reports as required. Train new employees on safe operation and maintenance of equipment and tools.
  • Administration – Identify project tasks and resource requirements. Manage day-to-day operational aspects of projects, including budgets, contractors, and collaborators. Evaluate, purchase and maintain equipment and supplies necessary for projects. Manage time accounting records and provide reports for supervisors and managers. Track purchases using a database. Lead or assist with development and management of grants and contracts in collaboration with other Open Space staff and work units. Assist with monitoring budgets, contractors, and collaborators.
  • Public outreach/engagement – Provide training for volunteer projects in collaboration with other Open Space staff. Assist with coordinating necessary public information signs as needed for vegetation conservation/management and other resource management activities. Participate in public meetings as needed. Assist Lookout Mountain Nature Center with natural resource outreach information, both personal and non-personal. Provide information and participate when requested for Open Space Advisory Committee and various stakeholder groups. Interact with park neighbors and on-site park visitors concerning vegetation conservation/management and other natural resource management activities. Engage with media in collaboration with other Open Space staff and work units. Contribute and maintain vegetation-related content on JCOS webpage.
  • Planning – Lead development and implementation of vegetation conservation/management plans, likely in coordination with state and federal agencies, universities, consultants, and NGOs. Participate as member or team leader of park and regional management planning teams, collaborating as needed with other Open Space staff and work units. Participate as member of and/or lead teams implementing action items related to park and regional management plans. Lead or assist with inter-agency (e.g., Colorado Parks and Wildlife, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service) and other inter-organizational (e.g., Colorado Natural Heritage Program, Denver Botanical Gardens) collaboration.

QUALIFICATIONS:

Requires a Bachelor’s degree in plant biology, ecology, natural resources management or a closely related field and a minimum of 3 years of work-related experience or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

Preferred: M.S. degree, 5+ years of vegetation conservation/management experience including experience with inventory/monitoring and special-status species; experience with Colorado Front Range vegetation; experience developing and implementing vegetation conservation/management plans; and, Department of Agriculture Qualified Supervisor License.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:

A post offer pre-employment physical will be required. Must have a valid driver’s license, if you are from out of state, you must have a valid Colorado driver’s license within 30 days of hire date, and you must not have any major violations DUI, DWI, DWAI conviction.

APPLICATIONS MUST BE FILLED OUT ONLINE AT:

http://www.jeffco.us/jobs

OUR OFFICE IS LOCATED AT:

100 Jefferson County Parkway, #4530 (303-271-8400)

(303) 271-8400

careertalent@jeffco.us   An Equal Opportunity Employer

About Jefferson County:

A career with Jefferson County Government offers the best candidates career growth and a diverse workforce. More than a paycheck, your job enriches the lives of the citizens of Jefferson County. Jefferson County is a major stop along RTD’s Light Rail West Line.

Living and working in Jefferson County offers the quintessential Colorado lifestyle sought after by many. Residents enjoy easy access to mountain activities such as hiking, skiing and rafting, while also being able to take advantage of the eclectic amenities offered by the greater metropolitan Denver area.

Located at the heart of the foothills of Golden, city life, bike paths, hiking and adventure are just a step away. When you’re ready to learn, grow, and make a contribution to your community, find your career with us

 

 

 

Job Listing: Sierra Meadow Adaptation Leader

Point Blue Conservation Science

Job Title: Sierra Meadow Adaptation Leader

Location:  Base location is negotiable (HQ in Petaluma, CA, the Sierra Nevada, or Sacramento area)

Group: Sierra Nevada Group

Hours/Benefits: Full time w/competitive benefits

Point Blue Conservation Science’s Mission and Vision Point Blue advances conservation of birds, other wildlife and ecosystems through innovative research, restoration, outreach and extensive partnerships.  Our highest priority is to reduce the impacts of habitat loss, climate change and other threats to wildlife and people, while promoting adaptation to the changes ahead.  Point Blue will achieve this by conducting further research on ecological processes and by developing and disseminating science-based solutions to mitigate the negative impacts of these changes.  Because of our work today, healthy ecosystems will continue to support thriving wildlife and human communities in California and beyond, on land and at sea.

Sierra Meadow Program

Point Blue’s Sierra Meadow Program focuses on catalyzing the Sierra Meadow Partnership http://..org/book/sierra-meadows-strategy/mobile/index.html  to achieve its goal of restoring/conserving 30,000 acres of Sierra Meadow by 2030. This position will help ensure the Partnership achieves the acreage target while maximizing ecological services that will endure for centuries to come. By working with partners to identify the best places and practices to restore and manage meadows in the face of climate change, they will increase the ecological benefits of these restoration and protection activities. Working with government agencies, NGO’s and other key stakeholders, our approach is to find and help implement the solutions that best protect wildlife populations, their habitat, and other ecological services healthy meadows provide. We help our partners incorporate climate-smart principles into their prioritizations, restoration designs, easement terms, and management plans. Our goals: the conservation actions we take in the next 13 years will sustain vibrant, diverse, ecosystems; enhance ecosystem services; improve the ability of nature and humans to adapt to change; and use nature to sequester carbon and reduce climate change impacts whenever possible.

Job Summary

The Sierra Meadow Adaptation Leader will be responsible for executing the strategy and achieving the outcomes of Point Blue’s Sierra Meadow Program (described below). As such, the SMAL will develop and refine Climate-Smart approaches for restoration practitioners, scientists, land managers, and land trusts working on meadow conservation in the Sierra Nevada. The SMAL will help innovate climate smart approaches to meadow restoration and management. They will help develop and disseminate science-based policy and natural resource management recommendations.

The SMAL will work as part of Point Blue’s Sierra Meadow Program team and play the primary role in delivering conservation outcomes to our partners by integrating the best available science and expertise into conservation decisions. To be successful, the SMAL will need excellent partnering skills, ability to interpret science into conservation actions for a diversity of audiences, a proven track record in fundraising, meeting facilitation skills, and a solid knowledge of the science relevant to restoration ecology and climate impacts on the Sierra Nevada ecosystem.

THE SMAL will work extensively with external partners but will also develop cross organizational projects, especially related to our Climate Smart Restoration and Water and Wildlife on Working Lands Initiatives.

Supervision will be provided by Point Blue’s Sierra Nevada Group Director.

Essential Functions

Essential responsibilities include but may not be limited to the following activities:

  • Co-develop and drive Point Blue’s Sierra Meadows work plan in collaboration with appropriate Point Blue staff and external collaborators to achieve Point Blue’s climate smart conservation strategic outcomes and address Sierra Meadow Partnership need
  • Develop/implement Climate-Smart frameworks for Sierra meadow restoration and land trust acquisitions
  • Participate in developing and promoting effective approaches to climate-smart adaptation, incorporating the latest scientific results and evolving needs of stakeholders
  • Work with Point Blue project leaders and other staff and external collaborators to develop and deliver science-based recommendations for specific meadow restoration efforts and for the Sierra Meadow Partnership overall
  • Represent Point Blue at meetings and conferences relevant to Sierra Meadows, including developing and delivering public presentations communicating Point Blue scientific findings and recommendations
  • Prepare grant proposals to fund Sierra Meadow priorities in collaboration with partners and other Point Blue staff
  • Facilitate cross-organizational climate adaptation project development
  • Lead or participate in the writing of reports, manuscripts, and other literature.
  • Create and manage project budgets
  • Be a contributor to our “One Point Blue” culture and assist in other Point Blue projects as prioritized by the organization

Qualifications

  • Must have a passion for nature and conservation
  • Undergraduate degree in conservation biology, ecology, environmental sciences, environmental policy and planning.
  • A graduate degree or equivalent experience in similar fields as above or hydrology, geomorphology, or restoration ecology strongly preferred.
  • Experience in successful grant writing and/or other fundraising
  • Previous experience working in meadow or riparian habitat or Sierra Nevada ecosystem a plus
  • Experience with natural resource management methods and interactions with ecosystem function
  • 3+ years of effective project design, planning, implementation and people management experience
  • 3+ years of experience working with diverse stakeholders and developing partnerships to achieve strategic goals
  • Well-developed understanding of climate change impacts to ecological communities
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, including demonstrated success in clearly and concisely translating science to diverse audiences via public speaking and written materials
  • Meeting facilitation skills
  • Ability to stay abreast of recent developments in relevant scientific research
  • Self-directed and highly motivated team player with a good sense of humor.
  • Demonstrated commitment to excellence and integrity in all aspects of work.

Compensation and Benefits

Salary is competitive, reflecting qualifications and experience. Point Blue offers a 401(k) plan with employer match contribution, 100% health care coverage for employees, full dental care, and partial coverage of dependents including domestic partners. This position will require occasional travel and will involve working some weekends and evenings.

To Apply

E-mail: (1) cover letter describing qualifications and reasons for interest in this position and Point Blue, (2) complete CV/resume, and (3) contact information (including phone numbers and e-mail addresses) for 3 references to jobs@pointblue.org with “SMAL” in the subject line.

Applicants may be subject to background checks.

Apply by May 15, 2017; the position will remain open until a successful candidate has been identified.

Point Blue is an equal employment opportunity employer and does not discriminate against applicants or employees because of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, sexual orientation, citizenship status, disability status of an otherwise qualified individual, membership or application for membership in an uniformed service, or membership in any other class protected by applicable law and will make reasonable accommodation for applicants  with disabilities to complete the application and/or participate in the  interview process.

Job Listing: Senior Associate, Biodiversity and Conservation

  • Company: The Milken Institute Center for Strategic Philanthropy (CSP)
    Job Title: Senior Associate, Biodiversity and Conservation
    Job Description: Senior Associate, Biodiversity and Conservation
    Center for Strategic Philanthropy
    Location: Washington, D.C.

    About the Center for Strategic Philanthropy
    Charitable giving in America has consistently been on the rise, exceeding more than $300 billion. Furthermore, high net worth philanthropists are increasingly moving away from passive giving approaches towards more active approaches, with the intent of enhancing the impact of their investments. Such approaches include evaluation of the landscape to set a giving strategy that addresses key unmet needs, monitoring their investments, and consulting with advisors to help structure and deploy their gifts.

    The Milken Institute Center for Strategic Philanthropy (CSP), houses a number of programs, including a philanthropy advisory service that uniquely positions the center to improve the ROI of philanthropic capital by facilitating more strategic, informed, and creative philanthropic investment. To execute this work across key issue areas, we recruit technical experts in a number of fields including environmental science, biomedical research, education, public health, etc.

    As a result of the development of deep technical expertise among our team, CSP programs are grounded in robust analysis and expert input, creates a marketplace of innovative giving practices, forges greater awareness of high-impact investment opportunities, and connects ideas with action and capital in order to tackle some of the world’s most pressing social challenges.

    Overview: Senior Associate, Biodiversity Conservation
    The Senior Associate will serve as the technical lead for our Biodiversity Conservation program. The aim of this program is to empower philanthropists and foundations to deploy dollars strategically and synergistically in order to strengthen biodiversity conservation initiatives around the world. This program includes state of the science analysis, assembly and support of scientific advisory groups, facilitation of scientific retreats, and the development of Giving Smarter Guides – which provides comprehensive, digestible information that helps philanthropists and foundations evaluate both research and policy efforts, as well as funding opportunities in relationship to the state of the science and key unmet needs in the field.

    A successful candidate will able to:
    •   Comprehensively assess the state of the science in a number of areas related to biodiversity conservation, ecology, and environmental science as a whole in the context of emerging themes, connections among different ideas and insights, and where there may be unnecessary silos;
    •   Demonstrate facility to understand and evaluate successful conservation and conservation education activities, measured through biodiversity, financial, and certification targets;
    •   Demonstrate impeccable attention to detail and cross-cultural sensitivity in working with international collaborators;
    •   Support activities of a scientific advisory boards and other key stakeholder groups, including coordinating meetings, preparing materials, conducting specific analysis as requested, etc.;
    •    Represent the Milken Institute within the broader scientific community throughout the due diligence process and at various industry-specific events;
    •    Develop executive-level literature to communicate findings for philanthropists, researchers, advisors, etc.
    •    Contribute to communications efforts to building awareness of key funding opportunities, philanthropy resources, and overall opportunities to engage with CSP

    Requirements
    •       PhD or Master’s degree (preferred), as well as exemplary individuals with Bachelor’s degrees, and certifications and/or licensure, as appropriate, in the fields of Environmental Science, Conservation Biology, Ecology, Wildlife Management, Sustainability, etc.;
    •       Scientific writing experience for both technical and lay audiences;
    •       Facility in navigating and translating information from scientific literature, scientific conferences, relevant policy and guidance documents, and other research resources;
    •       Ability to synthesize material and to focus quickly on the essence of an issue and the means to address it;
    •       Highly adaptable intellectual capacity that can be and has been applied to learning new / unfamiliar areas of science and technology;
    •       Experience with conservation strategy design is a plus;
    •       Familiarity with research administration, grant evaluation, and/or innovative philanthropy funding models is a plus;
    •       Personal attitude that includes being outgoing, entrepreneurial, action-oriented, flexible, with a willingness to adapt to changing situations and have a good sense of humor; and
    •       Excellent verbal and written communication skills.

    About the Milken Institute
    The Milken Institute is a globally engaged, publicly supported, non-partisan, nonprofit think tank with offices in Santa Monica, California, Washington, D.C. and Singapore. Its mission is to improve lives around the world by advancing innovative economic and policy solutions that create jobs, widen access to capital and enhance health. The Milken Institute offers an excellent benefit package including medical/dental, LTD, Life, Flex Spending Program, 403(b) tax-deferred retirement savings plan, and company gym. E.O.E.
    City, State or Postal Code – United States: Washington, DC

    Job Type: Full Time
    Salary:
    Instructions for Applicants/ How to Apply: To apply online please go to: http://philanthropy.milkeninstitute.org/careers/

2017 Natural Areas Conference Call for Proposals is Open

The Call for Proposals is now open!

Our 2017 Natural Areas Conference – our 44th – will take place in Fort Collins, Colorado October 10-12, at the Hilton Fort Collins. This year’s theme: Working Beyond Boundaries: Collaboration as a Key to Natural Areas Management.

Deadline for abstracts is May 12, 2017. You can submit proposals and get more detail on our conference website at naturalareasconference.org.

We invite proposals related to these topics:

  • Conservation Across (Natural/Political/Cultural) Boundaries
  • Urban/Wildland Interface
  • Wilderness and Research Natural Areas Management
  • Value of Healthy Land in Water Resource Management
  • Role of Native Plant Materials in Restoration & Rehabilitation
  • Role of Natural Areas in Pollinator and Invertebrate Conservation
  • Natural Areas Management in Light of Climate Change
  • Value of Ecosystem Services and Working Landscapes
  • Restoration in the Anthropocene
  • Communicating About Natural Areas Conservation
  • Technology for Land Management Success
  • Forest and Range Management
  • Wildland Fire as a Management Tool
  • Invasive Species Management
  • Species Re/Introductions & Assisted Migration
  • Rare Species Management

We’re seeking the following types of proposals:

Special Sessions

  • Organized oral sessions
  • Symposia
  • Workshops

General Sessions

  • Oral Presentations
  • Poster Presentations

Read more about them at naturalareasconference.org.

We especially encourage students to submit abstracts for General Session oral and poster presentations. Students will be eligible to compete for prizes in the student presentation competition. Find out more.

Visit naturalareasconference.org to submit your abstract. All presenters must register for the conference.

We depend on our sponsors to help us present a successful conference. For info on sponsorship opportunities, contact our Executive Director Lisa Smith at lsmith@naturalareas.org or visit the conference website.

2016 Natural Areas Conference: Climate Change Adaptation Focus Attracts More Than 600 Attendees

The 2016 Natural Areas Conference was one of the Natural Areas Association’s most ambitious events in years—and it was also one of our biggest successes.

The conference was on the UC Davis campus, in Davis, California, and ran from October 18 to 21 – with Workshops taking place on October 17.

Here are just some of the statistics from the event:

  • 4 days of events
  • More than 630 attendees
  • Plenary sessions on two days
  • Almost 300 individual presentations
  • 17 students received scholarships to attend the conference – almost 50 students attended in total
  • 6 student awards given

The year’s conference theme—Climate Change Adaptation and Natural Areas Management—could not have been more timely or appropriate. California is a bellwether for the ways climate change is profoundly impacting natural areas, through drought, fire, extreme weather patterns and seasonal changes.

Topics included Wildlife and Climate Change Adaptation, Forest Management, Tools and Resources for Responding to Climate Change, Communicating the Science of Climate Change, Applying Genomics Technologies, Citizen Science, the National Native Seed Strategy, Fire Use as a Climate Adaptation Tool, Climate Vulnerability and Implications for Management of Native Vegetation, Science and Collaborative Action, Adapting and Mitigating Grassland Response to Changing Climate, and many more.

Conference chair Hugh Safford, Regional Ecologist for the USDA Forest Service’s Pacific Southwest Region and a professor in the Department of Environmental Science and Policy at UC Davis, headed up a conference planning team that strove to construct a program and slate of speakers that went both wide and deep with respect to its theme of responding to climate change.

Tuesday, October 18th’s keynote address was by Allen Rowley, Director of Rangelands Management & Vegetation Ecology for the U.S. Forest Service. Allen discussed his agency’s work using Research Natural Areas to look at climate change adaptation strategies and practices. Four Adaptation Case Studies followed, giving attendees a look at how land managers are responding on the ground level to climate change challenges in different types of landscapes.

On Wednesday, October 19th, a second plenary session focused on “Reconciling Restoration with Environmental Change,” giving seven notable speakers the opportunity to address this sometimes controversial topic, with a discussion, “Charting the Way Forward,” following. Richard J. Hobbs (U. of Western Australia), Truman Young (UC Davis), Katharine Suding (UC Davis), John Wiens (U. of Arizona), Valerie Eviner (UC Davis), Donald Falk (U. of Arizona), and Greg Aplet (The Wilderness Society) participated, with Conference Chair Hugh Safford and Nicole Heller (Peninsula Open Space Trust) moderating. The Reconciling Restoration session was significant in that it continues an important conversation that NAA began during the 2014 Natural Areas Conference, in Dayton, on how land managers can respond to the Anthropocene.

Both days of plenary sessions are available on the NAA website.

The 2016 George B. Fell and Carl N. Becker Awards were given Thursday, October 20 at the annual Awards Banquet on the last night of the 2016 Natural Areas Conference. The George B. Fell Award, the NAA’s highest award, was given to the late John O. Sawyer, Ph.D., and accepted by his wife Jane Cole Sawyer. The 2016 winner of the Carl N. Becker Stewardship Award was Jenny Cruse-Sanders, Ph.D., vice president for science and conservation at the Atlanta Botanical Garden. You can read more about our winners here.

The 2016 Student Awards were also awarded during the annual Awards Banquet. First place went to Allison Simler, second place went to Leander Anderegg, and third place went to Stephanie Castle. Find out more about our student award winners.

With so many nearby, stunning natural areas, attendees of the conference could choose from Field Trips ranging from a Salmon Tour on the Yuba river to birding at the Yolo Bypass Wildlife Areas, to an examination of recent fire damage in California forests.

Thanks to all the many attendees of the 2016 Natural Areas Conference—we hope to see you at our 2017 Natural Areas Conference in Fort Collins, October 10-12. And thanks also to our Conference Chair, Hugh Safford, and his amazing conference planning team, especially Christina Restaino, Rebecca Wayman, and Gabrielle Bohlman.

During the upcoming 2017 Natural Areas Conference in Fort Collins, Colorado, we will be continuing our ongoing consideration of ways land manager can deal with climate change—and how they can use collaborative strategies to respond to it. Mark your calendars and consider submitting a proposal to present!

New Strategic Direction for NAA with New Headquarters and Staff

FROM OUR BOARD PRESIDENT CLIFF CHAPMAN

Over the last few months, members of the Natural Areas Association have been hearing about our office move from Bend to Ligonier, Pennsylvania, and the new staff members who recently joined us: Membership Coordinator Amy Wills and Operations Manager Joe Walko. 

We’re excited about these changes, which are part of a larger strategic plan to make NAA more efficient, more resilient, and better able to provide support for our members, and I’d like to explain more about the thinking behind them.

Why Ligonier?

Ligonier, PA has several advantages for our organization. It’s situated between many of our members and partners in the Midwest, and our partners and national decision makers in Washington, D.C. This allows us to maintain our organization’s traditional roots in the middle of the country, but gives us better access to our federal partners and to the makers of policy that affects millions of acres of natural areas—while avoiding the high overhead costs of a Washington office.

Ligonier is also right in the middle of one of the most successful areas of the U.S. for organizations that focus on preserving natural areas, and so is a great locale for developing opportunities for future NAA partnerships. It’s the home of the Richard King Mellon Foundation, which has preserved millions of acres of endangered or historically significant land across the country. It’s also close to one of the country’s strongest regional land trusts, the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy, which has conserved more than 235,000 acres in western PA.

More Efficient, More Resilient.

There are also economic and functional reasons why it was important to consolidate our activities to one location. After the Board hired longtime NAA member and Board member Lisa Smith as Executive Director in 2013, it became clear that having two offices and staff in two places didn’t make sense. With the departure of our longtime Director of Operations, Deb Kraus, consolidation of staff in Western PA became an obvious solution.

With all staff in one location, the organization benefits from a kind of efficiency and synergy that can’t be duplicated long-distance, and we’ve restructured the staff so we have people with years of expertise focused on doing what they do best. Our team does its problem-solving face to face, rather than via email and phone. Our move also allows for economies of scale we couldn’t achieve with two locations, which means every dollar from our members goes that much further. And NAA is now better positioned as an organization to support our members.

These are exciting and unsure times. The more efficient and resilient we can be, the better able we’ll be able to maintain the long-term health of this organization—and to focus on helping you protect and manage our natural areas.